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Tipster of the Week: Melt That Plastic in Your Camera!

How to make beautiful borders for your Diana pictures with just a few pices of plastic, tape, and a lighter!

Do you remember this little square masks to put in your Diana for different picture sizes? After I realized that I get the most beautiful vignettes without them, I stopped using them. But after browsing on the Diana microsite, and after getting inspired by some beautiful mask modifications from other Lomographers, I started to try my own experiments.

I obtained great results with a very simple modification. For trying it, you just need:
- a Diana mask (4,2 × 4,2 cm or 5,2 × 5,2 cm)
- some pieces of cling film (that plastic foil that is used in the kitchen)
- a cigarette lighter
- some tape

Cut square pieces of the cling film in the size of the plastic mask. Start to fix the first foil with some little pices of tape at the mask. Now you have to hold the lighter around 30 centimeter under the foil, light it, you can slowly reduce the distance, but be carefull! When it starts melting in the middle, it really melts fast!
When you are not satisfied with the reult as it is, put another piece of cling film, and do the same. If its still not enough for you (as most of it goes away when heating), put another one.

I think I heated three or four pieces of cling film, before I used the mask. Here are the results:

This is just one proposal for a mask experiment, feel free to vary it and to use it for other cameras, with other materials and other types of film!

written by shoujoai

34 comments

  1. nicolas_noir

    nicolas_noir

    This is great! Like something from a 90s grunge music video!

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  2. cinzinc

    cinzinc

    niceeeeeeee

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  3. superlighter

    superlighter

    http://www.youtube.c(…)ure=related

    someone that used this technique by itself

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  4. emilios

    emilios

    great one!!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  5. leela_dark

    leela_dark

    wow, this tipster definitely rocks, girl! Thanks for sharing!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  6. wuxiong

    wuxiong

    Very creative and charming fotos...

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  7. urbanner

    urbanner

    lov it great!

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  8. urbanner

    urbanner

    lov it great!

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  9. beni

    beni

    the best tip in long time

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  10. nural

    nural

    wow can't wait to try this!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  11. peteparker

    peteparker

    great tip... I'll try the experiment :-)

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  12. shoujoai

    shoujoai

    Thank you all ^_^

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  13. dogma

    dogma

    Very great! love it and gone test it :)

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  14. pulex

    pulex

    awesome!! i guess im gonna treid that one with some color gels!

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  15. mrs-paul

    mrs-paul

    cool!

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  16. miaumiau-wildekatze

    miaumiau-wildekatze

    great tipster indeed! gonna try that sometime!

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  17. tallgrrlrocks

    tallgrrlrocks

    A tip I have fallen in love with! Thank you for this!

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  18. mr_sid

    mr_sid

    WOW, great tiperster!

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  19. mikahsupageek

    mikahsupageek

    great idea, brillant results !

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  20. lightblue

    lightblue

    nice! thank youuu!

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  21. antibiotyx

    antibiotyx

    brilliant idea. :)

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  22. myloveletter

    myloveletter

    wow, that is really awesome!

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  23. zaki5439

    zaki5439

    yeah! i really want to try it! :D

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  24. sivy

    sivy

    amazing pics! thanks for sharing your tipster :D defo gonna try this :D x
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  25. eloisee

    eloisee

    love this!!

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  26. kakikamera

    kakikamera

    love this. ouhh. i will try.

    using any plastic also can right?

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  27. shoujoai

    shoujoai

    Thank you for the nice feedback! Did any of you already try it? I'm curious to see some results :) I think any plastic can be used

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  28. adrienne-is

    adrienne-is

    wowowowow! beautiful photos. I don't have a Diana, but I have 5 other lomo cameras. Gonna ponder how I can try this one out?! Encore!!!

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  29. mariamaslam

    mariamaslam

    great tipster!
    i only have a diana mini though..do you think this could work if you attached the plastic to the lens on the outside?

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  30. shoujoai

    shoujoai

    Thanks ^_^ on the outside of the lense it can also be intereesting, but it's not as sharp as inside. But you can also do masks with Diana Mini! Like I did it in this picture: http://www.lomograph(…)os/11316809

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  31. nuhdos

    nuhdos

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh *o* Maybe I'll try this, Nice tipster, I just saw it

    over 2 years ago · report as spam
  32. skrutt

    skrutt

    Nice tipster! Must try this some day!

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  33. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    This is an awesome idea. Thank you for sharing. Your results are amazing.

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  34. robbeh

    robbeh

    What a cool effect! Astonishing results...
    8 months ago · report as spam

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